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aptitude to sew-and employers need
to take the long view. " We look for people
who have some basic skills for the
position [a starting foundation], have
aptitude and the right attitude-but not
whether they can produce profits for us
immediately, " says Ed Skrzynski, owner
of Marco Canvas and Upholstery LLC,
Marco Island, Fla. " What that means
for employers is that they need to invest
on the front end. All training happens
on the clock. "
On board and secure
Once employees are hired, onboarding
and transparent expectations are critical.
" In the past, the things that made us
least successful were not being prepared
for a new hire, " Halladay says. " Not
having an onboarding process and not
having everything in place-such as not
having a station set up for the new employee
to work at-these were mistakes
we made in the past.
" It's not surprising that if a person
doesn't feel like they're in a secure place,
Esmerelda of SewLong Custom Covers
uses standard boards to teach and remind
Crystal how to fi nish the edge of a surf
pocket. Photo: Laura Kinser, Kinser Studios
they end up leaving, " he continues.
" Now we have a checklist of things we
go through before we even place an ad.
We have a much more deliberate way of
hiring and onboarding. "
Among the strategies in his new
onboarding process, Halladay assigns
two mentors to each new employee, who
connect via text messages before the
employees start, meet them on their first
day and help them get acclimated. " We
text them to let them know the things
they need to know to make their first
day a little less stressful, " Halladay says.
" Things like where to park, what we have
in the break room, who to contact for
what. The mentors are here before the
new hire arrives to help them get clocked
in, give them a shop tour and hang with
them during our morning meeting. "
" IN THE PAST, THE
THINGS THAT
MADE US LEAST
SUCCESSFUL
WERE NOT BEING
PREPARED FOR
A NEW HIRE, "
Clint Halladay,
SewLong Custom Covers
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